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Hedgehog's secret
Anderson, Lena.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Stockholm : R&S Books ; New York : distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 54761.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Hedgehog has a secret, and she is so busy cleaning house and getting everything organized that she has no time for any of her friends, until the moment everything is ready and she can share her happiness with them.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Anderson (Tick-Tock; Tea for Ten) demonstrates how mixed signals can affect friendships in this cheerily illustrated volume. Hedgehog keeps the titular secret until the very last page. She spends the day scrubbing, washing, sweeping and mending, and has no time for her friends. Elephant suggests, " `Why don't we all of us go for a walk?'/ We could get some fresh air, and have time to talk.'/ `Oh no,' said Hedgehog. `I've no time for that stuff.'/ So Elephant starts to leave in a huff." Anderson's rhymes, at least as translated by Dyssegaard, aren't particularly remarkable or lyric. But the full-page and spot watercolor illustrations, rendered in the soft, pale colors of a baby's layette, have a sweet, old-fashioned feel. And the final scene, with neighbors fussing over Hedgehog's baby (that's the secret), sums up all that is wonderful about newborns. Unfortunately, Hedgehog's secret is also the book's flaw: while it is genuinely hard to guess what she is concealing, children may be confounded by Anderson's coyness. When and how long ago did the baby arrive? Why wouldn't she share her pregnancy with her friends? Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A hedgehog bustles about cleaning, cooking, and mending, and she seems to have a secret. As each of her friends stops by, she apologizes for neglecting them. They all want something from her, but none of them offers to help her in her frenzied activity. With visions of the Little Red Hen in mind, one wonders what she's up to. Surprise, she has had a baby. Now just exactly when in all the cleaning and dealing with her guests she had time to produce this little bundle may puzzle older readers. Younger ones with a sibling on the way will most likely recognize the distraction of the customary caregiver and be relieved to discover a cause. The rhyming text and quaint watercolor illustrations will charm gentle souls with soft colors, engaging detail, and a sterling, though somewhat old-fashioned, central character. Anderson's fans will enjoy this new offering, which is a sweet read-aloud for bedtime or storytime.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.